Day Five – Reflections

Today we had a few other family portraits in Galveston, Texas, to wrap up the portraits for those in the Galveston area. Then we headed up back up to San Leon, Texas to wrap up a few more families there as well. (By the way, the new slogan for the town is, ‘A small drinking community with a large fishing problem’) While there we took time to listen to the stories of the devastation that these people faced.

Below is one of the family, June and David, before doing Thuy’s. They completely lost everything. Right now they live in a FEMA trailer right in front of their home. They have faced much adversity since the hurricane. Like simply trying to find a roofer. David shared with me, how they paid a roofer a rather large deposit on the job for supplies and the person is no where to be found. We were honored to be a part of their lives this day. I love photographs of generational gaps, depicting the years of family, counting the age like rings on a tree.

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We took a few moments, after that, and did Thuy’s family portraits while there. After we finished up we decided to interview her and her experience with the hurricane. Also, we wanted to find out what she thought about what we were doing. It was nothing but positive response from her. She was so candid and open about what she took in during that time. We will have that interview for you soon. So check back here for it and more!

On a side note, she took the week off this week because she wanted to be home for here children’s spring break. Then she met us and the Original Event crews earlier this week. When she heard that they were here to rebuild homes and Katie and I were here to do family photographs, she hopped on board with us all week to help organize families in need in the area. So she took time, that she set aside for her family this week, to help other families.

I am looking forward to heading home but really wish I had more time here. Another week or two, I feel would suffice for such a task as documenting families’ live and the stories they could tell. I truly wished we had more time with all the families. To really get to know and spend time with.

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Dawn Davis - March 20, 2009 - 8:55 am

I can’t imagine life after a hurricane. It’s devastating what happens to people’s lives. What you are doing with Recapture is honorable… simply amazing. I love that you take your God given talents and use that to let God work through you to serve others. I’m in awe of you both! xoxoxox ~ Dawn

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